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Publié le vendredi 12 octobre 2007 par Raphaëlle Daudé


Séminaire d'études urbaines ottomanes organisé par Ulrike Freitag et Nora Lafi Berlin, ZMO-EUME 2007-2008. Deux lundis par mois, 17h-19h, au Zentrum Moderner Orient, à partir du 29 octobre 2007. Thème de l'année universitaire: une approche comparée du cosmopolitisme dans les villes ottomanes et post-ottomanes.


Séminaire d'études urbaines ottomanes - Seminar 2007-2008

Organisé par Ulrike Freitag et Nora Lafi

Berlin, ZMO-EUME 2007-2008
Deux lundis par mois 17h-19h au Zentrum Moderner Orient à partir du 29 octobre 2007

ZMO-EUME-Colloquium - Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar

Organised by Prof. Ulrike Freitag and Dr. Nora Lafi

Annual Theme 2007-2008: Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond

Oct. 29: Introduction: Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO) and Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO)

I- A Philosophical Approach to Cosmopolitanism

Nov. 12: Dr. Martine Prange (University of Groningen): Cosmopolitanism and the Modern World: From Kant to Nietzsche

II- Ottoman Towns: Discussing the Cosmopolitan Paradigm

Dec. 10: Dr. Valeska Huber (Konstanz University): Cosmopolitanism on the Move: Port Said as Imperial Relay Station

Dec. 17: Dr. Ariel Salzman (Queen’s University): Islamicate Urbanity or Cosmopolitanism? The Ottoman Impact on the Mediterranean Moral Economy (1450-1800)

Dec. 18: Prof. Edhem Eldem (University Boðaziçi): Bourgeois Identity, Culture and Networks in Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries in Istanbul

Jan. 14: Dr. Marc Aymes (Paris, Fellow of Europe in the Middle-East – The Middle-East in Europe 2007-2008, ZMO): The Cosmopolitan Within: Compounds of Ottoman-ness In and Around a Modern Mediterranean Quasi-City. Cyprus in the 19th Century

Jan. 28: Prof. Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul, University of Munich): Muslim and Non-Muslim Craftsmen in Istanbul at the End of the 18th Century: Reflections on Cosmopolitanism in an Urban Ottoman Context

Feb. 11: Dr. Muhammad Sabri al-Dali (Helwan University, Fellow of Europe in the Middle-East – The Middle-East in Europe 2007-2008, ZMO): Foreigners in Ottoman Alexandria: Coexistence and Discords

Feb. 25: Dr. Gergana Georgieva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of Europe in the Middle-East – The Middle-East in Europe 2007-2008, ZMO): Cosmopolitanism and the Urban Governance of a Balkan Town – Sofia in the Late 18th - Early 19th Centuries

Mar. 10: Dr. Pascale Ghazaleh (American University in Cairo): Traders and Urban Life in Ottoman Cairo: Cosmopolitanism, Money and Power

III- Post-Ottoman Towns and the Question of Cosmopolitanism: Nationalism,
Colonialism, Ethnicism

Mar. 31: Dr. Bojan Aleksov (University College London): Balkan Cities 1878-1912: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalisms

Apr. 14: Prof. Henk Driessen (University of Radboud, Nijmegen): Cosmopolitanism in a Comparative Mediterranean and Historical Context

Apr. 28: Prof. Steven Vertovec (Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften, Göttingen): Exploring Socio-cultural Dimensions of Cos-mopolitanism

May 19: Mehmet Yashin (Cyprus): Cosmopolitanism, Empire and the Nation: Karamanlidika’s Role in the Modernisation of the Turkish Language and Literature

June 02: Prof. Fred Halliday (London School of Economics): Cosmopolitanism, Ethnicity and Nationality

June 16: Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO) and Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO)

Presentation of the Seminar

What is the historical experience of cities in the former territories of the Ottoman Empire - in the Balkans, Anatolia, the Middle East, and North Africa - in dealing with the impact of global changes and the transformation from Empire to nation States? How did people of different cultural, social and religious backgrounds live together? How are such examples of conviviality, conflict, migration, and urban regimes of governance and stratification conceptualized? And how have urban traditions been reinterpreted, and what bearing does this have on modern conceptions of civil society, multicultural societies, migration, or cos-mopolitanism. These and other questions will be addressed in this year’s Seminar in Ottoman Urban Studies.

Twice a Month,
Mondays 17:00-19:00
Starting October 29, 2007

Conference Hall
Zentrum Moderner Orient
Kirchweg 33
14129 Berlin-Nikolassee
Participants are asked to register at the following address:
Dr. Nora Lafi
Telefon (+49) (0) 30 80307- 0

The seminar is part of the activities of the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) and of the research program 'Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe' (EUME, research field 'Cities Compared: Cosmopolitanism in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions') of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

For more information please visit:


  • Zentrum Moderner Orient, Salle des Conférences. Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin, S-Bahn Ligne 1 arret Nikolassee
    Berlin, Allemagne


  • lundi 29 octobre 2007
  • lundi 12 novembre 2007
  • lundi 10 décembre 2007
  • lundi 17 décembre 2007
  • mardi 18 décembre 2007
  • lundi 14 janvier 2008
  • lundi 28 janvier 2008
  • lundi 11 février 2008
  • lundi 25 février 2008
  • lundi 10 mars 2008
  • lundi 31 mars 2008
  • lundi 14 avril 2008
  • lundi 28 avril 2008
  • lundi 19 mai 2008
  • lundi 02 juin 2008
  • lundi 16 juin 2008


  • Empire, ottoman, histoire, urbaine, cosmopolitisme, berlin, ZMO, nationalisme


  • Nora Lafi
    courriel : Nora [dot] Lafi [at] zmo [dot] de

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  • Nora Lafi
    courriel : Nora [dot] Lafi [at] zmo [dot] de

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